The FTC recently announced a settlement with Global Tel*Link, a telecommunications company that contracts with prisons and jails to provide communication services to incarcerated individuals and their families. Those who use their services create accounts with the company and are required to provide not only usernames and passwords but also Social Security numbers and government ID numbers. The company also collects financial account information as well as names and addresses. The company included in its marketing materials promises about security, including that it was the “cornerstone of what we do.” The company also made promises about its security in RFPs to prisons and jails.Continue Reading FTC Decision with Global Tel*Link Signals Expectations for Use of Testing Environments
Dane Brody Chanove is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office.
X Corp., the company formerly known as Twitter, recently sued Bright Data over its site scraping activities. Bright Data is a data collection company and advertises—among other services—its “website scraping” solutions. Scraping is not new, nor are lawsuits attempting to stop the activity. We may, though, see a rise in these suits with the rise in companies using them in conjunction with generative AI tools.Continue Reading Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel: X Corp. Sues Bright Data Over Site Scraping
With the governor signing SF 262 into law last week, Iowa became the sixth US state with a comprehensive privacy law. The law goes into effect January 1, 2025. It applicability is similar to other states’ laws. It applies to companies that do business in Iowa and either: (1) control or process personal data of at least 100,000 Iowans; or (2) derive over 50% of gross revenue from the sale of personal data and control or process personal data of 25,000 or more Iowans. These thresholds are calculated annually.Continue Reading Iowa Becomes Sixth State with Comprehensive Privacy Law